Northrop Grumman - Average place to work with above average benefits, but certainly not for everyone | Glassdoor
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"Average place to work with above average benefits, but certainly not for everyone"

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Current Employee - Network Engineer V in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Network Engineer V in Fairfax, VA

Pros

There are several great reasons to work for Northrop Grumman IT (now Northrop Grumman Information Systems). They are, in no particular order:

1. Pretty good pay relative to the other contractors in the area. Be warned though, this is directly related to how badly they need to fill a position, so it does take a little bit of luck.

2. Great benefits. 401k match with a defined benefit pension plan for current and former employees. New employees can see an additional 4% match to their 401k in lieu of the pension plan. Health care plans are numerous and fairly good in my opinion.

3. Depending on your manager/client, they can be pretty flexible about work hours and dress code.

4. Plenty of opportunities to get involved with other things AS LONG AS YOU ASK. It won't be done for you.

Cons

1. The biggest downside is the same problem that plagues all contractors....you are a body that is generating revenue. If you're not happy with your position, don't expect any help finding another one. Why would your manager want to let you go to another position when that means s/he will have to backfill you?

2. Along the same lines, it's common that people are just showing up to get a check and not trying to cause any shake-ups or problems.

3. Be ready for "bait and switch" when it comes to the job you'll be doing.

4. Don't expect to be able to take advantage of the promised training opportunities.

Advice to Management

Let people do the training they want to do. Listen to employee's concerns and try to address them.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Potential, often stymied."

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    Current Employee - Software Analyst III in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Analyst III in Saint Louis, MO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent reputation both among peers and the government. Unique opportunities that only defense contractors can offer, and the ability to shift across entire industries while keeping within the same company. The senior management communicates often with the entire company, and they are constantly realigning the company's structure with the market and the internal business flow. Since NG has acquired so many smaller companies, there are often pockets of quite knowledgeable and savvy engineers in all sectors. Happily, I have never witnessed any unethical or corrupt behavior on the operational or development side of the company, and have not seen projects that deserve serious moral reservation.

    Cons

    Large defense contractors are dysfunctional behemoths. The business and financial side of contracting with the government as currently practiced can only aspire to mediocrity at best, and complete waste usually. Not the flexible, agile workplace that it should be, especially when compared to other technology companies. Poor biz development practices for its software and IT operations. Disappointing (eg zero) funding for professional development. Compared to peers, miserly in it's education assistance package. Encourages fat and laziness in its employees by making the contracting process so damn convoluted and opaque. Make sure you get on a prime contract that your division and OU wins, not as a hand-me-down from another part of the company or contractor.

    Advice to Management

    As a giant in the industry, you can dictate reforms in contracts that others cannot. Go smaller and faster wherever possible.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but needs to be more progressive to grow"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively stable place of employment. Great projects and good benefits. Overall this company has a good name and reputation. This may help your career in the future. You will have the privilege of working with some of the brightest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Methods and ways of doing things are a bit outdated. The culture can be bit negative or unfriendly at times. Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. You can get stuck in a dead end position with no future if you are not careful. There is too much of a caste type hierarchy. Such as cube sizes based on rank and numbered parking spaces. The pay tends to be less than most other companies in the area and there are rarely bonuses or profit sharing. Even though executive management has great plans and visions for the future, middle management hinders these polices from being actively carried out.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote rude arrogant people to positions of authority based on favoritism. Look at for the best interests of the employees and company instead of trying to advance yourself at others expense.

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